Christian Carlson

  • Peer Tutor

Christian is a junior from San Mateo, California majoring in English literature with a concentration in poetry writing. He currently isn’t exactly sure what he wants to do with his future, but he hopes to figure that out at some point. On campus, he’s involved with the mock trial team and the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. In his spare time, Christian enjoys writing poetry, putting together mixtapes, watching bad movies, and selling clothes online.

What brought you to the writing center?

I initially wanted to join The Writing Center because I wanted to become a better writer. In my first few months at Wash U, I was someone who didn’t really want to look for help or to talk with others about my writing. However, when exposed to The Writing Center, my attitude began to change. I realized how valuable getting the perspective of others on my writing was, and now I hope to help others realize the same thing.

What do you like most about working with writers at the writing center?

It’s just really fun to learn so much about other people and how they think. People’s writing often is an extension of themselves; when working with other writers, I get to learn so much, either from new subjects I have no idea about or from fresh perspectives on familiar things. I feel lucky to be able to work in a place that has all this discourse going on all the time.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

For me, the hardest thing is figuring out what I want to say. Sometimes when I approach a topic, I find myself almost bogged down by all the different things that I want to write about. It can be difficult to really narrow all this down to a single topic and write something that doesn’t necessarily acknowledge everything else I thought about.

What advice do you have for writers?

Don’t be scared to write! It can be really intimidating to sit down facing a blank page or an empty screen, but you have to remember that you have nothing to lose. The act of writing is something that has basically no stakes. As long as you can get something down that you believe in, you’re writing, and that’s really all that matters.